Apple’s launched a “journal” about its machine learning research:
Welcome to the Apple Machine Learning Journal. Here, you can read posts written by Apple engineers about their work using machine learning technologies to help build innovative products for millions of people around the world. If you’re a machine learning researcher or student, an engineer or developer, we’d love to hear your questions and feedback.
This illustrates two things to me: first, as we’ve realized from this year’s WWDC keynote and before, machine learning is a major topic of interest for Apple. Not just in outwardly obvious places like Siri, but across all its products in a variety of ways that are often totally transparent to users. The first post here is Improving the Realism of Synthetic Images, and it’s interesting, though it’s definitely aimed at a technical audience.
Secondly, launching a blog—even one that is unattributed—is a big deal for Apple, and kind of reinforces point one. The company’s communication strategy has definitely become more open in the past few years, even engaging on Twitter.